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EARLY 2016 HARDCORE RELEASES

by Jean

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10 releases to start the year!

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2015 HONORABLE MENTIONS

by Jean

(part 2 of my personal 2015 top releases)

Here’s part 2 of my 2015 top releases.
I decided to articulate the remaing parts of this classification in no specific order, but three different rankings including:
1): hardcore/punk/metal (the one you’re about to read)
2): 90s indie/post-punk/garage,
3): the outsiders (I will publish these columns in several weeks I guess. First because I think the entire subject would be too “massive” otherwise, and also because I have a pretty busy schedule these days!)

Although it’s early 2016 and I’m sure you’ve already dug into 90% of these releases I wanted to share these words with you, especially these lines dealing with non-hardcore releases because some of the bands/artists involved in this column agreed to tell me their thoughts about their production and their connexions with hardcore punk. I’d like to thank them for their contribution to this column. Thanks to all the other bands mentionned here for the great work they did.

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HARM DONE interview with Alexis

by Jean

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I was glad to interview my man Alexis in order to promote HARM DONE’s first LP “Abuse / Abused”.
The record follows the path of their first EP, dark and gloomy hardcore/metal mixed with powerviolence influences, I have to admit I was pretty impatient about this release because of the promo tape the band and Straight & Alert managed to put earlier in 2015: the sound seemed quite different and it was pretty interesting!
Enjoy!

All my best to Alexis and HARM DONE!

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HELLO 2016, BYE 2015 (part 1)

by Jean

Happy new year folks! Wish you all the best for 2016, especially tons of great new records, shows, new bands…whatever! So far this year has been pretty tough for me but, honestly, it has also been one of the most important years of my 28 years of existence on this planet. I’d like to thank all my friends and family for their support, all the DROIDxRAGE crew for being cooler than cool, and all the people I’ve met working on this website: Swedes – don’t forget /!\ FREE LINUS /!\, Gabriel, Leo, Joel, Emelie, Filil, Tor, Klas; UK – Paolo, Connor, Tom, MERCY, Ben, Jérémie, Sam, Rodney, Luke; Americans, Balaram Shakti Das (AKA Gjared), Lucas, Jean-Pierre, Connor; Canada: Karl; Brazil: Athos; Belgium: Jens; Bulgaria: Nikolay;  Australia: the Fitzsimmons twin brothers; Germany: Adrian; France: Alexis and Alexis(!) Elyas, Antoine… (sorry for those I forgot!)

Here is my 2015 top releases (photo credits (c)myself)

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STRAIGHT & ALERT FANZINE #1

I’m glad to announce that Alexis’s first issue of the STRAIGHT & ALERT fanzine is now available image

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TOTAL CONTROL, ISRAEL REGARDIE, SHEER MAG, AJAX, CHAIN RANK reviews

by Jean Summertime folks… In South-West France it’s like juggling with…

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REVIEWS!

by Jean.

I’ve been told by different bands, records labels to review several releases.
Let’s do this!

THE WORST DOUBT – demo 2015 (Straight & Alert Records)

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Exclusive peek : Hard To Handle

By Tieuma
You have probably never heard of this band, and you probably won’t if you don’t go to shows in Paris in the next few weeks, but you propably know all the members by their previous bands, dear readers, I’m giving you the first exclusive interview of the next Paris’ finest humoristic hardcore band : HARD TO HANDLE.
And to add some fun, I won’t do it in this pretentious and failed romancized style, but in classic Q&A, just for your pleasure. Enjoy.
Disclaimer : This is a 100% serious interview, no joke inside.
First, introduce yourselves, who does what in the band, and your previous or running projects.

“Mile Bomb” :
I’m Emile a.k.a Mile Bomb, I’m the guitarist who do the dive bomb, even though I don’t have a Floyd Rose, so it’s coming soon.
Rémi : I play bass and also play in several bands like Jack Move, Cut Loose and Summer House (new Grunge rock project including Ben on drums)
Erwan : I’m Erwan also known as Stanishlass, I’m the singer of H2H and I previously sang in xD.I.Gx
Benoit : Introductions sucks.
E : There’s also Hugo in the band but he couldn’t answer for now on, he should be out of prison in a couple of weeks.
Where does the name come from ?

MB : From life, which is hard to handle.
R : Or from ourselves who are hard to handle.
E : From a Otis Redding’s song, I always thought it could be a cool band name, and I already gave the Mad At The World idea ( From a Outburst song) to the band of the same name, but those “Sheitans” always forget this information. So we’re Hard To Handle, not to mix up with “Passion Handball” (even in french this joke make no sens at all)
B : This name sucks.
Is this a joke to have a local band whenever you need it or is it something serious, that’ll tour and all ?
E : For me it’s serious business, more than xD.I.Gx actually, which started as a joke. I’m trying not to write down too much dumb shit (which is hard, because dumbinance is coming back hard on me when I’m writing, maybe I’m not made to be intelligent), I’m trying to be on schedule with the lyrics and I’m working on it on my own too. Musically I’m more confortable with this kind of hardcore because it’s what I’m listening to on a more regular basis (Less tough and metal than xD.I.Gx), so I’m more motivated.
R : Usually, when people start bands, they want it to be serious and going somewhere (except for hype americans as RZL DZL, What’s Good). But there, with the positive outcomes and the 7″ coming, it makes this project serious and we want it to last. Well, we’re all in bands of more or less different style, but there, it’s something we all like to play in. And it doesn’t sound like Jack Move, damn !
B : Local bands sucks, turning out well too.
Playing in so many bands aside, how will you manage to keep this one alive ? What is the futur of all these other bands ?

MB : It depends on life and priorities, I’m also playing in Mad At The World with Benoit, Backboned and another band with Hugo (a.k.a Mourad la castagne), and I’m also playing in a black metal project. All these bands/project will put out a EP or a LP. For me, the most difficult part is being there for shows, mostly abroad ones. Dealing with it, with all the bands, it’ll always be hard mostly because of jobs, studies and money, even though those are not excuses. We’ll do our best and we’ll see.
R : Cut Loose is about to be done, and it’s a shame because there were people asking news about the band. Jack Move is going on well, there will be shows and new stuff early 2015. With Benoit we’re also working on Summerhouse, a project that ask us a lot of time.
But to know how to deal with too many bands, ask Brendan Radigan or Doug Free. I don’t know how these guys are doing.
E : I think the others bands will fade away when we will put out our first songs and show the world how it’s done. Modesty is for weaklings.
B : Futur sucks.
A website categorised your sound as Youth Crew, do you agree ?

MB :Not that much. We’re more into NYHC ala Outburst, BHC ala Step Forward and mostly angry stuff like L.I.O.N Crew and Internal Affairs. I don’t know if it feels like it, but we don’t sound “Youth Crew” I think. We’re TOUGH alright ?
R : I think it’s a website for “people who dig Beatdown hardcore” and sadly, when a hardcore band play a little bit fast, for those guys it’s Youth Crew. I mean, did I said Nasty was playing Sludge ?!
E : Unlike “Mile Bomb” and Rémi, I’m ok to say there’s a Youth Crew feeling, since the project was like “let’s play ’97 Youth Crew (The agressive side : Knockdown, Ten Yard Fight, Floorpunch, Lights Out for exemple) but with more hard hitting badass motherfucking hard mosh parts”. But as we’re fan of old school NYHC, I do believe you can hear some Outburst, Altercation, Breakdown and all in our sound.
B : Youth Crew sucks, websites talking about us too. (Much love man, peace.)
On the pictures of your first live you seemed a bit tense, was it hard ? Was it the pressure to play before Jack Move ?

MB : I wasn’t in the band yet, I was moshing hard and throwing fire balls in the venue. #Souley (Rémi’s nickname as it seems) was beautiful on stage.
R : With Jack Move around, who know what could have happened, an unplugged jack in the middle of the show, a banana peel on the ground or a unfriendly trip, we had to stay alert.
E : I didn’t feel stressed at all, I’m more comfortable with ths style as above-said, and I think you can feel it on stage. And for Jack Move, we just had backstage fight with them and we wrecked them. Especially the bassist. Only hate for those people.
B : Shows sucks, so does Jack Move.
Did you had feedback of your shows ? What was the people reaction ? Are you happy with what you did on stage ?
MB : I only played one gig for now on, and I didn’t had feedback yet, and I don’t know how was the sounds because i couldn’t hear myself play. But it was cool, I shared stage with #Souley (you know, Rémi) and he was so beautiful.
R : My girlfriend loves Erwan’s voice, it pisses me off. (The first time I met this guy, I was wearing a Right Idea crewneck, and the first thing he said to me was “this band is cool, the only song of this band my girlfriend likes is Right Idea”)
E : The feedback we had were positive so far, so it’s cool, it seems like the way I sing is better than what I was doing in xD.I.Gx. Still, I think we have to work on the righteous side of our live performance, we’ve been too much of thugz for now on. Oh and “Mile Bomb” have to stop being horny when he is on stage with #Souley (you know the drill). We understand him, but he got to move himself, as he does in the pit (actually there was a joke here but I’m sorry, I’m unable to translate it correctly.)  For your information, Rémi’s girlfriend looks like the first girl I wanted to marry, thirty years ago.
B : Shows, people, live, all of those things sucks.
For those who know or knew Mortal Kombat, what would be your finishing move on a HARD TO HANDLE VS. JACK MOVE fight ?
MB : A ultimate strike made of “Mile Bomb”, Radmou-Attack (What is this ? Who knows ?), #SouleyStomp, HairStorm and an impersonation of Eli Sémoun.
R : Or an invocation of a big Handball player Skinhead who wraps you with big chains until your head burst out : “FLAWLESS VICTORY”
E : For Elie Sémoun, I don’t know what “Mile Bomb” is talking about but I’ll still beat him up. I would do a friendship move or a babality to Jack Move, because I love them. Seriously though, I think their demo is the best thing to have been put out in France, and I’m not saying this because I’m doing a frituring on the demo (This joke already sucks in french but is literraly worse in english.) Listen to it on their bandcamp or youtube if you can. For all of those who likez da real hardcore.
B : Mortal Kombat sucks.
With at least three Straight Edge band members, because I didn’t check out the edge break news this year, are you a Straight Edge band ?
MB : Well, there’s only two Straight Edge in the band, Benoit and Erwan. So no, this is not a Straight Edge band, but we all like Floorpunch.
E : Word.
B : Non-Straight Edge people sucks.
It’s been a while since the facebook page is online and you made your first show, but there’s no sound on the internet yet, is it a Mysterious Guys Hardcore stance but in the other way ? If you put something out, will it be on Straight And Alert Records too ? When ? We need Xclusiv intels please.

MB : We will records 6 songs for a E.P in January, and we don’t know who will put it out.
R : This Jam is gonna bust the house down man !
E : Yeah, it’ll probably be on Straight And Alert if everything’s clear and if Alex is still up to it when he’ll listen to our sound.
B : Records and all sucks.
Even though you didn’t put out anything yet, there’s already two tee shirt on preview, do you want to became a clothe company as Cruel Hand ?

MB : Of course ! A H2H x Supreme is coming soon.
R : Cruel Hand ? Never heard of ’em…
E : Originally, we should have recorded before putting out the t-shirt, so we started printing (There’s only one of them, don’t believe the crippled internet), and we finally couldn’t record so we’re looking like posers, so it’s cool. We don’t care, we just liked Karim’s design way too much, so we wanted to put it out whatever happened. Maximum big up ratatata to the guy.
B : T-shirts are like Cruel Hand, it sucks.
It’ll be aggressive and provocative as xD.I.Gx or movie inspired like Cut Loose ?

MB : It’ll be more like : pure quality ala better than Jack Move.
R : I think there’s a draw between the two bands, they both win. Now kiss.
E : It’ll be more like Floorpunch’s final mosh.
B : Not like those two shitty bands.
Why there’s a reference to B2O (Booba, a french rapper), you want to be the kings of the game ?

MB : We only want to fuck the nurse, craka.
E : Goodboy.
B : This sucks, we’re already the kings.
In an interview for this webzine, one the guys in Jack Move cited Kaaris as one of the things he was listening to the most those days, you french rap answer to that.

MB : Gradur.
R : Stormy Bugsy, Rocca, true people knows.
E : Cyril de Louhans of course, for ever. “Don’t mess with us faggot” this is some punchline.
B : French rap sucks.
What band would you cover ?

MB : Rage Against The Machine
R : Rock & Roll part II by Gary Glitters (A corean band called the geeks did it once, it was a great idea, it was really cool)
E : We already did some, Old News by Lights Out, Sick People by Breakdown, and on we couldn’t do because the band still exist, Can’t Get Ahead by Step Forward. We promise we won’t do it again. I just want to cover The Hard Way by Outburst and I can die in peace after that.
B : Covers sucks.
Does your goal is to turn Paris into the new Boston or Antwerp ?
MB : lolilol
R : It would be amazing, but trying to turn Paris into the new Boston, it’s like building an aqua splash in the middle of the desert.
E : You mean leveling down to be as good as Boston or Antwerp ? I don’t understand, Paris on top.
B : Boston, Antwerp or even NY, sucks.
Classic but solid : any last word, something intelligent (or not) to say ? A list of French bands to listen to ? The rarest piece of merch you own.
MB : Check out JACK MOVE (to see how unworthy it is), Mad At The World, Backboned, Mind Awake (coming soon), Raw Justice, Harm Done, Hightower.
R : Lodges.
E : What about Worst Doubt ? “Mile Bomb” you dumb you even forget your own band even though it rocks ! For the rarest merch I own I can’t chose between my Stop And Think, Step Forward, Floorpunch and World War 4.
B : Intelligence, french bands, merch, it … ?
MB : Like me on Tinder.
R: Done, I’m waiting for your answer Emile.
E : Like me on avecsonchien.com. Thug Life.
B : Come to my shows, and everything sucks.
If you want to get in touch with these lovelly lads, you can try their facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/hard2handleparis and brace yourself for the futur, it’ll be mental.

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by | January 21, 2015 · 10:52 am

NYC HEADHUNTERS joins Straight And Alert Records!

By Ed

NYC HEADHUNTERS join S&A Crew + Tape preorder ! 

The latest addition to Straight & Alert records crew is NYC HEADHUNTERS

New killer NYHC band featuring members of Vanity. This 5 track demo could have been recorded during the mid 80′s in New York. This is a split release between STRAIGHT & ALERT records and JUST A AUDIAL records (USA).
For fans of Raw Deal, Outburst, Breakdown, Killing Time or The “Where The Wild Things Are” compilation

PREORDER the tape HERE, it should be ready to ship around mid / late January

You can already stream / download the full Tape on our bandcamp page.

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xjtx TOP 2014 RELEASES

LPs & 12″

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#1/ THE FLEX “Wild stabs in the dark”
Milk Run Records, Video Desease Records.

Everything in one record. UK’s finest. I wasn’t impressed at all by their previous releases but this very first LP is a blast: so old school and new at the same time. It seems that current UK scene just want to smash down what NYC and Boston did to hardcore punk during the 80s by creating a spirit, an attitude, a sound, overwhelmed by western civilization pressure, no matter if you’re into politics, a clean lifestyle or watching football games drinking beers with your pals…what is more is that the musical skills are definitly here! I’ve nothing to add about the recording or the mastering (courtesy of, respectively, James Atkinson and Dan Randall), this sound is just perfect. Thank for making this happening.

#2/ FORESEEN “Helsinki Savagery”
20 Buck Spin, Take It Back.

I’ll hold my own copy (vinyl version of course) in several more weeks but thank to 20 Buck Spin for putting this online on their bandcamp page I can already tell you what a pleasure it was to FINALLY listen to it – even if “Death Injection” had been repeated on Soundcloud maybe a thousand times before this record came out. I’d like to personally thank singer Mirko for sending me updated infos and pictures about this very first LP (especially when I was almost dying at the hospital). I’ve red a very few english reviews of that record (since I can’t understand finnish anymore) and all I can say is fuck the all-mighty comparison with AGNOSTIC FRONT and CRUMBSUCKERS: don’t stare at FORESEEN’s members t-shirts collection to publish rubbish like that. That’s a fact: FORESEEN, with all the respect due to natives NYC and Baldwin two great bands, just spit on their faces! “Un bonne grosse fessée!” as we say in France (if you’re into rugby). Guitars are just amazing and sharped! They become louder and louder as the groove just shred the record, as the drumming: it’s been a while that I haven’t been so stoked by a drummer! I have to admit that I’m really not into an over-emphasised singing but on this record, this is just perfect and well organized (“Delusion of no consequence” for example) and what about the choirs on “Death Injection” or “Both sides lose”. Very well done, dudes!

#3/ BATTLE RUINS s/t
Rock’n’roll Disgrace

Complete genius, but complete morons. That’s why you deserve third place assholes.

#4/ NIGHT FEVER “Vendetta”
Adult Crash

Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark (definitly a great place to live if you’re into hardcore IMO, DEATH TOKEN come from there too and their 2011 LP “All dreams are nightmares” was one of my favorite releases at that time), NIGHT FEVER released in october one of the greatest reasons to still listen to hardcore punk in the begining of the third millenium. “Vendetta” is absolutely an amazing record, between clean thrashcore and something else, certainly due to an incredible singing (it sometimes reminds Glenn Danzig! (“Denied”)) and guitars solos which stoked me a lot – like PROPAGANDHI’s latest releases. Favorite song? “Fuck your P.M.A.” I can’t help thinking of CRO-MAGS’s singer John Joseph “quotes” on his Facebook profile, whom sentences are always punctuated with a “PMA”!

#5/ LOST TRIBE “Solace”
Mass Media Records, Avant! Records.

Well, there’s a pretty good interview of ’em on CVLT NATION website (I’ll post a link below if you didn’t already ckeck it) so I won’t make a historical background. I’ll just write this band hails from Richmond, Virginia, they chosed their name after a DISCHARGE song and members also play/have played in AGHAST, EMPTY GRAVE, SYNDROME, CAVES CAVERNS…whom I know practically nothing about! I just know a few things: recently some dinosaurs from the worldwide hardcore attendance seemed pretty exhausted with the “post punk” fashion contaminating the d-beat/crust punk side of the hardcore moon, telling shit like since AMEBIX has discovered KILLING JOKE blah blah… Ok, guys! The “punk” shit is just about recycling stuff since 1975 so just shut the fuck up! And latest AMEBIX record is just great. You know what? You remind me the goth characters from South Park, with just one word in mind: “posers”. Screw all of you, I’m just about committing suicide…

#6/ SYSTEMATIC DEATH “The moon watches”
Waybackwhen Records

After rehearsing with my band sooner in 2014, our drummer told us he’ll spend the festive season with a friend of us in Japan. They took their plane earlier this morning. Since I learn this, I didn’t try to get much records from japanese bands because I knew that they’ll bring back some freaking gems I figure you can only purchase in the Land of the Rising Sun. Around April we ordered the CONFRONT compilation LP, I listened to latest ZYANOSE LP (ok, I can figure how much DISCLOSE were such a great influence on japanese hardcore punk – I own several postcards/portraits my friends from MONARCH! gave me when they got back from a Japan Tour this summer even if I’m not a real fan of this band – but noise remains noise, and I’m definitly not sensitive to that form of art!), and I also discovered this year a great band called TRUST…but I’m sorry to tell you that I didn’t really dig into japanese hardcore punk bands in 2014! That’s why when I discovered that Yokohama SYSTEMATIC DEATH had released a second full-length I set upon it since I really love their 2009 “Annie’s full swing Systema-6” LP and this record didn’t disapoint me at all. In fact, it contains what I love with most japanese bands (and the euro ones who try to “copy” them like SELFISH): the efficient fury, heavy metal guitar solos, wild drumming, an incomprehensible singing (althought they shout in english!)…and that’s pretty much all this record is about! What do you want me to tell you? I’ll be the first to enjoy the appearance of a new GISM or PAINTBOX (but, please, not just copycats) but I definitly can’t ask for the moon! Even if…the moon watches. (That was free, please excuse me) In fact, if you agree with my position on japanese hardcore maybe you’ll like KAIBOUSHITSU (featuring members of CROW and DEATH COMES ALONE) 2010 LP on HG Fact… Anyway, favorite track featuring on “The moon watches”? Probably “Get Alone” for the groovy bass line!

#7/ NAPALM A.D. 12″
Skrammel Records

TOTALITÄR. HERÄTYS. TOTALITÄR. DISSEKERAD. TOTALITÄR. INSTITUTION. TOTALITÄR. NAPALM A.D. TOTALITÄR. Sweden.
Well, what can I add about this? A killer record for sure. But since 2010, there is always in my “top selection” a swedish band (sometimes the same members, duh) making a tribute to TOTALITÄR. Sweden owns Ikea, they own H&M, a social model that everyone dreams about (it seems that this golden age is now pretty bygone), but they ABOVE ALL have TOTALITÄR! So, as DOOM said: HAIL TO SWEDEN!

#8/ TAULARD “Les abords du lycée”
Et Mon Cul C’est Du Tofu?

TAULARD (french for “Jailbird”) was one of the few bands I listened to almost EVERYDAY during my several 2014 hospital stays, perhaps cuz I felt quite simply like a prisoner, waiting for nothing, staring at the window. Ok I wasn’t threatned to be raped in the shower, and you’ll maybe be upset by the gratuitousness of my words but, hey folks! I’m dealing with a synth/wave/pop/punk band so, as the lyrics of that kind of music allows us to, I can deal with EVERYTHING I want with black humour: suicide, loneliness, AIDS…
Seriously, TAULARD and NOIR BOY GEORGE are definitly two of current french bands who are worthy of my attention even if the synth thing isn’t my cup of tea at all. I really love the lyrics of that kind of music. Really simple, in french, so I can easily understand them. That’s not poetry, just reality: living in dark, industrial cities of northern France… Dealing with loneliness, different social or personal crisis Ok, you can’t do it shouting, moshing…whatever. You know, when I listened to this record the first time I could barely move, so that was perfect. Thank you TAULARD. Check out other 2014 releases by Et Mon Cul C’est Du Tofu?, this label is dope!

#9/ AGENT ATTITUDE “Deranged Realities”
Adult Crash, Monument Records.

Uppsala’s finest tribute to USHC this year! The best worldwide tribute to american hardcore punk IMHO! Did you think of another singer than Henry Rollins listening to songs like “Step Aside”? Or another guitar player than Al Barile (faster, faster, FASTER!) No, seriously I’m asking you if you don’t want to sacrify both nowadays BLACK FLAG, FLAG, OFF! (even if their video clips are hilarious) on the altar of self-respect after listening to AGENT ATTITUDE “Deranged Attitudes”? This record is awesome, it reflects youth frustration the same way (I guess) youngsters were living during the 80s.

#10/ AGAINST ME! “Transgender dysphoria blues”
Total Treble, Xtra Mile.

You may think whatever you want about bands deciding to go into a pop (or whatever) bend after starting as an anarcho-this, DIY-that band with ethic and shit. Ok, ok, it’s all to your credit. But I do not give a shit about people’s opinions about AGAINST ME! In fact I’m personnally attached to the subject of this record: the coming out of singer Laura Jane Grace as a transgender woman. Since I’m not a geek or a die-hard fan of the band, I don’t know if there is a solid basis of people waiting this record to be released. I know it started to be conceptualized in 2011 after the release of “Black Crosses” (that I just love), and that they took years to release it due to line-up troubles (even Fat Mike from NOFX plays the bass on three songs). It results, as to me, the best “pop” record of the year. Every tune is…well, cool. Just “cool”. Cuz I don’t expect that much about a pop record.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

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AUTISTIC YOUTH “Nonage”
NO PROBLEM “We’re already dead”
CADAVER EM TRANSE s/t
LONG KNIFE “Meditations on self-destruction”
HOUNDS OF HATE “Hate springs eternal”
BOSTON STRANGLER “Fire”
DEKODER “Flowers to blossom”
PERVERS ET TRUANDS s/t
FUTUR.s MORT.s s/t
PUNCH (RIP) “They don’t have to believe”
GAS RAG (RIP) “Beasts Off”
EAGULLS s/t
HORROR VACUI “Return of the empire”
SHEER TERROR “Standing up for falling down”

EPs

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1/ PROTESTER s/t
Trash King Productions

I’ve already done a review of that awesome 7″ on DROIDXRAGE, just scroll below, kids!

#2/ NERVOSAS “7 songs”
Build Me A Bomb

First of all, yes this one is a 12″ so, logically, it would be in the previous ranking, but, unfortunately for the pernickety ones, this record is actually titled “7 songs EP”, plus that’s a single sided so…but why am I losing my precious time with crappy details? French owner of Build Me A Bomb Label describes NERVOSAS EP as “nervous and gloomy punk, like an anxious WIPERS, and too punk to be post-punk” which is IMO quite right. Even if it must be SO embarrassing to ALWAYS compare your riffs with the WIPERS while you evolve, more or less, in the “hardcore scene”. It becomes like a trademark or worse, like a a religious foundation to be accepted in the ranks. “Ok, you sound like WIPERS, check!” Like THE ESTRANGED, you know, first EP: “Cool! They sound like WIPERS, great band!”, first LP: “Ah shit they sound like the shittiest THE CURE cover band I’ve heard, forget about it…” second LP: “Ah great they sound like WIPERS again!” and third LP: “What the fucking fuck…?”. Indeed, this record was a complete mess. [You know what? I’m a bit pissed with myself sometimes when I start to write some review and it turns into a stupid one-man-show with another me, just to be sure I agree with what I am curently writing, it’s somewhat as if I was the three headed giant in Monty Python and the Holy Grail… “Ok, ok, not biscuits…!”… Someday, Chuck Palahniuk will write a book about my schizophrenia, and maybe David Fincher… OK JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP RIGHT NOW MOTHERFUCKER!]
Wow! Maybe Build Me A Bomb must be right: maybe NERVOSAS actually really sound like an anxious WIPERS…

3/ KRIGSKADE “Når alt går til helvede”
Kontortid Records.

Ok folks. I just discovered that KRIGSKADE, Paris’s best swedish band from France (duh) had put out one of the best EPs so far. The fact is that when some friends of mine booked KRIGSKADE this summer I was just coming out of hospital and attending to hardcore shows was completely forbidden. I just came to the venue to chill with some friends before the show and I left the spot when bands started to play. Too bad. Because this record is increasingly good. IMHO it is a brilliant mix between clean kångpunk and Boston or current DC hardcore. This is exactly what euro-hardcore must be!
PS: You should check on Discogs website who did the recording and mixing sessions, this dude from my hometown knows how to make it!

4/ HARM DONE s/t
Straight and Alert

One of the few 2014 materials I was waiting for which did not decieve me at all! But that was risky! You know the deal: youngsters discovering the “powerviolence” thing whereas older folks think this kind of music belongs to 1997 (even if Iron Lung Records are doing a great job nowadays)… Plus: I don’t know why but, there is a huge wave of dudes just stoked by ENTOMBEDcore darkness, buying BOSS HM-2 effect pedal to have this 90s sound which IMHO is pretty embarrassing. Just think of shitty bands like NAILS or BLACK BREATH – well, to be honest I loved their “Razor to oblivion EP because of the 90s swedish crust/metal sound of that record but I’m releaved to have finally attended to sell their two first LPs to a friend of mine cuz I just felt horribly confused to have both BLACK BREATH, BLACK FLAG and BLACK SABBATH records sharing a shelf in my room! But, again, I’m losing my time: HARM DONE isn’t at all that kind of band. It’s just a great wall of sound, better than SEX PRISONER IMO, it’s more frustrated, more frantic… Musicians do their job the best way they can, plus they are nice guys!

5/ KOHTI TUHOA s/t
Svart Records.

Ough! What a piece of anger! KOTHI TUHOA (I believe that “tuhoa” means “destroy” cuz I remember that almost 15years ago finnish skateboarder Arto Saari won the “Skater of the year” trophy from THRASHER Magazine and this skateboarding bible released a finnish version of their well known “Skate and Destroy” t-shirt with a “Skedee Ja Tuhoa”, well…nevermind…) is a fresh new band starring members of well known finnish d-beat and chaotic hardcore punk bands such as MAAILMANLOPPU, KYLMĀ SOTA, PERIKATO or even SPEEDTRAP wich is more a heavy/speed metal band, CIRCLE, DEATH TOLL 80K, DEATH WITH A DAGGER, HARD ACTION, PYROTOXIC, DROWNING NATION, KAUHUN TASAPAINO, KHATARINA, SELFISH, STUMM, FORCED KILL, STENCH OF DECAY… Sorry for the name droping! Well, this record is a classic chaotic female-fronted mayhem of nightmares and doom. What did you expect from a raw punk record? I just love this record, there’s an inexhaustible source of energy and speed in it, with a groovy bass, fantastic heavy metal solos and noisy riffing, plus the classic reverberation on the singing wich is quite amazing I have to admit. A must have!

6/ AJAX s/t
Katorga Works.

Definitly one of my favorite NYC based band, this shit is dope. What a crappy production: violent, harsh… THE guitar parts really made think of early AGNOSTIC FRONT-era. This EP is a killer one. A great tribute to old-school american hardcore.

7/ SOCIAL DAMAGE “Eye for an eye”
Straight and Alert Records.

SOCIAL DAMAGE are from Indianapolis, Indiana, and somehow, they really remind me of SSD, or angry Boston straight edge bands… What I like with this band is the bloody mess reigning all over the recording sessions and the production. I think that nowadays, most straight edge bands are obsessed with a clean sound and production and that bores me. SOCIAL DAMAGE has a awesome and crude sound that most bands should imitate!

8/ PURE DISGUST s/t
Flophouse

There are so many good bands revolving around COKE BUST and Washington DC… I started my 2014 selection with one of them and I’m practically about to end it with another one. Plus, I believe their first drummer was PROTESTER’s singer… I think this is how things go in the worldwide hardcore scene – we nearly have the same behaviour in my hometown. Let’s get back to PURE DISGUST, I think that they go further than what they previously did with their previous demo tape on Hesitation Wound Records which was pretty basic towards what they did with this s/t. This is really aggressive without being too “hardcore” this record has the coolest rock’n’roll aspect of my 2014 of my selection, it’s more about dancing than moshing. It reminds me YOUTH AVOIDERS from Paris.

9/ MARABOOTS “Ils ont tué la oi!”
Une Vie Pour Rien

French Oi! at his peak! Led by a crew of youngster bootboys from Paris! Althought I HATE their name (too hard to explain why this pun is so…whatever), their 2010 self-released demo and that I’ve never listened to their first EP or split EP w/ STOMPER98, their only 10″ and this last two-songs EP were just awesome. Yeah, the band did split-up earlier this year, RIP. I hope newest french Oi! bands like OUTREAU or LION’S LAW will deputize, but what created their originality was the use of the saxophone which was a great idea!

10/ DiE “Vexed”
Sonic Terror Discs

I admit I prefered their previous EP but this one really deserves the “ssdbeat” tag DiE published on their bandcamp profile, plus the reverberation on vocals. I still think their previous EP is better but this record, nevertheless, is completely cool. I hope both 7″ announce a great first LP.

DEMOS

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1/ RED DEATH 2014 demo
Flophouse, Carry The Weight Records

This tape totally deserve the Holy top place of 2014 ranking. I discovered it at work (indeed) and Nick who plays the bass gave it to me during a COKE BUST show in Bordeaux. This tape has been well desbrided on the Internet throughout the year and co-writer Tieuma already posted it on DROIDXRAGE so, help yourself, just listen to it!

2/ U.S. DOGS 2014 demo
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What a coincidence: Ed already posted their demo earlier in December and there is practically no information about this band on the Internet. But this demo is sick, an awesome early NYHC sound.

3/ THE CREW demo
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Killer Seattle, Washington, straight edge and youth crew demo, which means mosh parts, choirs, Air Max, crosses everywhere, Les Paul and X-Rated watches. I guess. This demo is really powerful.

4/ CRIMSON SCARLET “Athens Cave Sessions” K7
Doomed To Extinction

Another post/punk/goth release put out by crust punks. This post really starts being boring!

5/ B’URST demo
Thinking Straight Records

These guys are like Brazilian AGNOSTIC FRONT! If you like FORESEEN early releases you will like demo. This is a great tribute to late 80s/90s NYHC and crossover.

6/ SHRAPNEL “The Demo”
New Instinct Records

Moshing, blasting hardcore punk from Leeds. It sounds like a tribute to BREAKDOWN’s 87 demo. Really impressive. Really cool.

7/ SHORT DAYS 2014 Demo
Black Knife Records

This sounds a bit like nowadays Portland based bands like AUTISTIC YOUTH or DEFECT DEFECT, who seem to be really inspired by WIPERS, but they come from Lille, Northern France. This demo reflects an intense melodic sounds, nevertheless It remains gloomy. This might explain the VICIOUS cover featuring on that tape.

8/ CRIMINAL WAVE demo
XEROX Records

“CRIMINAL WAVE’s demo tape was meant for one thing and one thing only, blowing your boombox out while getting rad”. That’s pretty much what this demo is all about. I can’t help remembering the glory days of the Bones Brigade era when I listen to that tape, it’s like listening to an even messier BLACK FLAG. This is really cool.

9/ INFIDEL DEMO
Self-release

LAST GOTH RELEASE OF 2014. Releaved? Not yet, you haven’t heard any sound from this cassette, where everything seems to be calculated for escaping from the nightmare of living. (Fart noise)

10/ AGGRESSION PACT Promo Tape
Self-released

Ok. What a hell of a tape end this 2014 top releases. I can conclude this global review by doing some shitty name fucking droping of the different members bands so you can understand why this band features in my favorite 2014 releases in less than 5 minutes of demonstration: BOSTON STRANGLER, PEACEBREAKERS, PRISONER ABUSE, STEP FORWARD, WASTE MANAGEMENT or MERCY KILLINGS (killer 2013 EP)… Can you figure this violent Boston sound of anger? No? Just listen to it.

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